The shifting approach to solving problems
Cisco Live this year in San Diego was full of paradigm shifts for many technologists this year. The overall tech industry is going through many changes that affect all of us. My experience was not unique in that sense. From the Internet of Things (IoT) to Dev Ops and automation to ACI/SDN it is a very exciting time.
With the explosion of connected devices comes the challenge of not only connecting all of these devices but connecting them reliably to exponentially growing cloud services offerings both internally on a Service Provider network (or Enterprise) and from the likes of Amazon, Google, Microsoft, Salesforce.com, and Apple. This is where automated deployment, scripting, and Dev Ops really starts to shine. The melding of the virtual compute world and the virtual networking world. The complexity of security, SLAs, configuration, testing, and deployment can be abstracted behind provisioning portals, Python code, APIs, and SDN controllers (see ‘Why SDN makes sense’).
Nick Adamo, Kelly Ahuja and Cedrik Neike discuss innovations in Service Provider
I spent nearly all of my time at Cisco Live in-between three places. First, the #Devnet zone. The Python sessions using the APIC Enterprise Module and learning Postman, JSONLint, and Swagger were outstanding. It really gave me a good feel for the scope and scale of the APIs available and provided some good development tools to make use of going forward. I also have been making use of the devnet.cisco.com site extensively for the last few months, great learning materials as we enter into a new world of development-focused network automation.
Secondly, the Walk-in Self Paced Labs, which I take advantage of every year. I did two sessions, a NETCONF/YANG session and a NAT redundancy session. Both were well put together and really informative. Specifically, the NETCONF/YANG session walked through setting up a router to accept NETCONF connections and then jumped right into testing and building YANG data models in XML. There were a few minor hiccups with the formatting of the XML in the lab book but it was a great introduction to what goes into a backend system that using NETCONF and YANG.
Lastly, the Social Media Hub. I remember a few years back when our tweetups were a handful of us meeting up wherever we could at Cisco Live. It now has grown into a large event with dedicated tweetup spots and plenty of space to network and get to know each other. The Social Media hub has become the central meeting spot for my Cisco Live experience and I look forward to returning for many years to come.
Thank you Cisco and the entire Cisco Live team for providing another great event!